I wanna know what love is
I want you to show me
I wanna feel what love is
I know you can show me
This song by Foreigner is playing in the background of my mind that explains the hunger of the seeking world without the Love of God.
You know “those” friends who love well! I’m thinking of “those” friends in my life as I write this. I’m smiling as I remember them and thank God for them! We all have “those” friends with whom we have shared great times of laughter and suffered together through life’s trials. We have invested time in each other in these relationships with deep love and caring affection because they love—without conditions—in the same ways we love them. We may move away from each other because of jobs or family, but when we meet again; we easily pick up the conversation where we left it as if they lived next door.
It is “those” friends who are precious to us. We thank God for these friends daily. It is those friends that we trust with our hearts. It is those friends who we rely on to always have our backs, stand with us in the faith, and comfort us when we are going through hard times. Deep investment of ourselves to them grows our unconditional love for them in authentic, pure relationship. These earthly relationships are precious, right?
Who created this method of bonding, investing, trusting, relating and loving? Where did these deep, intimate, loving relationships begin? John, the beloved disciple of Jesus Christ, eye-witness to Perfect Love expressed and taught, articulates what Love means for us. John reminds us how, not only believing, but going deep in God’s Love saves our souls for eternity and deepens our love for each other. This Love drives out fear and hate. This Love is pure. This Love doesn’t ask more questions to verify or is judgmental, He just pours on more Love. “Love covers a multitude of sins.” (Peter)
We discover our relationships with each other go deeper still when sin is taken out of the equation by Jesus Christ; Savior, Lord and Friend forever who invites us to be Friends with God! It is upon this foundation of Love that our love grows for God and for each other.
JOHN—LOVE AND GOD
1 John 2, The Message
1-2 I write this, dear children, to guide you out of sin. But if anyone does sin, we have a Priest-Friend in the presence of the Father: Jesus Christ, righteous Jesus. When he served as a sacrifice for our sins, he solved the sin problem for good—not only ours, but the whole world’s.
The Only Way to Know We’re in Him
2-3 Here’s how we can be sure that we know God in the right way: Keep his commandments.
4-6 If someone claims, “I know him well!” but doesn’t keep his commandments, he’s obviously a liar. His life doesn’t match his words. But the one who keeps God’s word is the person in whom we see God’s mature love. This is the only way to be sure we’re in God. Anyone who claims to be intimate with God ought to live the same kind of life Jesus lived.
7-8 My dear friends, I’m not writing anything new here. This is the oldest commandment in the book, and you’ve known it from day one. It’s always been implicit in the Message you’ve heard. On the other hand, perhaps it is new, freshly minted as it is in both Christ and you—the darkness fading away and the True Light already blazing!
9-11 Anyone who claims to live in God’s light and hates a brother or sister is still in the dark. It’s the person who loves brother and sister who dwells in God’s light and doesn’t block the light from others. But whoever hates is still in the dark, stumbles around in the dark, doesn’t know which end is up, blinded by the darkness.
Loving the World
12-13 I remind you, my dear children: Your sins are forgiven in Jesus’ name. You veterans were in on the ground floor, and know the One who started all this; you newcomers have won a big victory over the Evil One.
13-14 And a second reminder, dear children: You know the Father from personal experience. You veterans know the One who started it all; and you newcomers—such vitality and strength! God’s word is so steady in you. Your fellowship with God enables you to gain a victory over the Evil One.
15-17 Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father. Practically everything that goes on in the world—wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important—has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from him. The world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out—but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity.
Antichrists Everywhere You Look
18 Children, time is just about up. You heard that Antichrist is coming. Well, they’re all over the place, antichrists everywhere you look. That’s how we know that we’re close to the end.
19 They left us, but they were never really with us. If they had been, they would have stuck it out with us, loyal to the end. In leaving, they showed their true colors, showed they never did belong.
20-21 But you belong. The Holy One anointed you, and you all know it. I haven’t been writing this to tell you something you don’t know, but to confirm the truth you do know, and to remind you that the truth doesn’t breed lies.
22-23 So who is lying here? It’s the person who denies that Jesus is the Divine Christ, that’s who. This is what makes an antichrist: denying the Father, denying the Son. No one who denies the Son has any part with the Father, but affirming the Son is an embrace of the Father as well.
24-25 Stay with what you heard from the beginning, the original message. Let it sink into your life. If what you heard from the beginning lives deeply in you, you will live deeply in both Son and Father. This is exactly what Christ promised: eternal life, real life!
26-27 I’ve written to warn you about those who are trying to deceive you. But they’re no match for what is embedded deeply within you—Christ’s anointing, no less! You don’t need any of their so-called teaching. Christ’s anointing teaches you the truth on everything you need to know about yourself and him, uncontaminated by a single lie. Live deeply in what you were taught.
Live Deeply in Christ
28 And now, children, stay with Christ. Live deeply in Christ. Then we’ll be ready for him when he appears, ready to receive him with open arms, with no cause for red-faced guilt or lame excuses when he arrives.
29 Once you’re convinced that he is right and righteous, you’ll recognize that all who practice righteousness are God’s true children.
Your message is clear and understandable. Our belief in you must match the actions of our Love we say we have for You and each other! I will continue to learn how You, dear Jesus, taught us to live and follow in your ways. I will stay with You, live deeply in you, having no excuses to explain why I didn’t love, when you return. You are God. I am not. Because your Love is perfect, pure and holy, I will seek what you want. Because you first love me, I will love you back. Help me to go deeper still in your Love. Your love is powerful!
In Jesus Name, Amen